Manhattan, Kansas


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

832 Votes - "Best for Geocaching"
11 Votes - "Friendliest"
4 Votes - "Most Fun"
2 Votes - "Most Patriotic"


This college town in the Flint Hills is the home of Kansas State University, founded as the Kansas Agricultural College in 1863. The city's historic homes and structures include Goodnow House, an idiosyncratic home owned by educator Isaac Goodnow, Wolf House, a stone house originally built in 1868, and the 1916 pioneer log cabin in City Park. You can also visit Sunset Zoo which features over 300 animals in African and North American settings. Southwest of the city, the Konza Prairie, a living research center of native tallgrass owned by the Nature Conservancy, offers hiking trails of three, five, and six miles. The fishing is excellent at Tuttle Creek Lake to the north.

Manhattan is a great town that offers something for everyone, whether you are an outdoors person, museum person, or diner/shopper. It is a great place filled with friendly people, beautiful landscape, and a wealth of activities!
Reviewed by amsnyder
on May 3, 2012
A wonderful college town, with many activities.
Reviewed by reney
on May 3, 2012
Great family friendly college town!
Reviewed by jennyanne77
on May 2, 2012
Most friendly neighbors.
Reviewed by DenaH
on April 30, 2012
It is a great city. They have gatherings a couple of times a year to inform new residents about what all is available. The Art in the Park program has free movies on the Lawn at K-State that everyone is welcome to come. There is an amazing new city pool that is great for all ages. Being so close to a military base, people are used to relocating, but the townies (the people that are from here or have lived here for several years) are very welcoming to help everyone fit in.
Reviewed by hcfrench
on April 30, 2012
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